The Water and sanitation department provides expertise and develops tools to secure good water management and universal access to water and sanitation.
Access to water and sanitation is, for many people in the world, a matter of daily survival. It is also a key component in trying to break the vicious circle of poverty, while creating sustainable societies for the future. This makes water governance, with regards to water and sanitation, one of the most important and urgent development issues. It is essentially a question of making sure that every person has safe water to drink and a toilet to use. But while this may sound as a straight forward advice, the reality is that achieving universal access to water and sanitation is a daunting challenge in many societies.
To this end, the Water and Sanitation department provides advice, develops tools and methodologies, and conducts studies, trainings, and workshops on water governance issues. The aim is to achieve sustainable and resilient water and sanitation services on all levels. Through partnerships and projects, many with global reach, the department works to secure universal access to water and sanitation services in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal 6.
The Water and Sanitation department consists of experts on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). The team generates knowledge and contributes to the academic debate on topics related to water governance and water, sanitation and hygiene. It also shares its expertise through other publications, sometimes with other SIWI colleagues or with partner organizations such as UNDP and UNICEF.
The Water and Sanitation team serves as a partner to cities and governments as well as UN agencies. After the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Water and Sanitation department partnered with UNICEF to monitor the response of governments across the world when it comes to access to WASH services.
Through the Water and Sanitation department, SIWI enables more efficient, equitable and environmentally sustainable governance of water resources, and water supply and sanitation in low- and middle-income countries. We work to reduce mismanagement and corruption through promoting integrity, transparency, and accountability within and between governments, civil society organizations and private companies.
We help clients and partners to take the crucial step from policy formulation and planning to effective implementation. This includes targeted support in important aspects of reform, such as decentralisation, multi-stakeholder participation, river basin management, coordination and integration processes, and gender equity.
SIWI supports clients and partners to manage water resources and provide water supply and sanitation services more efficiently, equitably, and sustainably through:
- Developing and applying tailored knowledge, tools, and methodologies.
- Policy and technical advice on governance reform and implementation at local, national and river basin levels.
- Documenting and sharing examples of good practices.
- Monitoring and assessment at national, regional, and international levels.
Alejandro Jiménez, PhDDirectorWater and sanitation
Alejandro has worked for over 15 years on water governance around the world.
Antoine DelepiereSenior Programme ManagerWater and sanitation
Antoine provides expertise in technical assistance on WASH system strengthening.
Henning Göransson SandbergProgramme OfficerWater and sanitation
Henning’s focus is on Accountability for Sustainability in WASH with UNICEF
Isabel Alvarez MurilloProgramme OfficerWater and sanitation
Isabel is an expert in water governance and integrity tools in Latin America.
Juanita AyalaProgramme OfficerWater and sanitation
Juanita supports the implementation of the UNICEF partnership in Latin America.
Laura Vargas, PhDProgramme ManagerWater and sanitation
Laura has 15 years of experience in basic sanitation projects.
Lourdes Álvarez, PhDProgramme ManagerWater and sanitation
Lourdes is an expert on water governance and sustainability in Latin America.
Manal Sami AlshraidehProgramme OfficerWater and sanitation
Manal has around 10 years of experience in water and sanitation field.
Panchali SaikiaProgramme Officer Water and sanitation
Panchali’s focus areas are urban water resilience and water governance.
Pilar AvelloProgramme ManagerWater and sanitation
Pilar manages open government, integrity and accountability projects.
Ricard Giné, PhDAdvisor , Sustainable Services, Water and SanitationWater and sanitation
Ricard supports sustainable delivery of water and sanitation services & hygiene
Robin WardProgramme ManagerWater and sanitation
Robin manages WASH climate resilience and water scarcity related programmes.
Verozian Mang’eliProgramme OfficerWater and sanitation
Verozian is an expert in IWRM and climate change.